How To Monitor Your CPU Temperature

I recently bought my nephew’s desktop computer with the following specs:

  • Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2300 CPU @ 2.80GHz
  • Mainboard Model: ASUS P8H67-M PRO
  • BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. version 1104
  • AMD Radeon HD 7800 Series
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (Build 17134)

A couple days ago I turned it on and it gave a CPU fan error. Ever since, I’ve been using SpeedFan to monitor the temperatures. My CPU temperature is constantly up in the 88-90C (198.4F – 194 F) range even when I’m not doing anything. And the CPU Fan speed is listed at 645 RPM.


According to SpeedFan I don’t have any other fans running, but there are two case fans running all the time: one on the back, and one on top.

Here are all the temperatures listed by SpeedFan at the time of this writing:



So online I went to see what would be the best course of action. It seemed that I might need to replace the CPU fan, but I decided to to try a different program called Speccy.

A second opinion wouldn’t hurt. When I ran this one, the temperature was a lot lower at only 35C (95 F).



Online forums suggested another program called HWiNFO and it confirmed the temperature of my CPU at around the 37C (98.6 F) mark, so I think SpeedFan is giving me faulty information.


I’m relaxing a little bit more now and I’m convinced my computer isn’t going into a complete meltdown.


So, my recommendations are:

About the Author

Terry Hollett

Terry is a self-taught computer aficionado, who after being exposed to Windows 3.1 in the early 1990's devoured every book and magazine on the subject he could get his hands on. A published author with over 20 years' experience building and servicing computers for friends and family he started his first website in 2002 at Hit Any Key.


  1. Totally agree with you Terry, that Speccy and HWiNFO are better programs to trust when it comes to getting your hardware information. Have used and trust them both. I too required another source when I received troubled information from AMD software, go figure, Mindblower!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *